New Mental Disorder: Adolescence

Everyone pretty much knows that to be a teenager is to be at least partially insane. It’s often difficult to diagnose a mental or emotional disorder in someone under 18 years old because well, most of them behave at times like they are either bipolar, psychotic, or under the influence of some powerful mind and hormone altering drug. Normally they are and its called “puberty” followed by the social disease known as peer pressure. Disclaimer: Some kids really are in need of psychiatric help and have real life psychological problems. A lot of other times, we, their parents are their big problem, or so they like to remind us…on a regular basis. We similarly reminded our square, straight annoying parents the same thing as we yelled, “leave me alone!” often followed by the slamming of a door. I think the only difference is we may have used the word “please!” in a command tense either at the beginning or end of our crying screaming teen-aged rant. Kids today go right to the f-word and other unmentionables.

All things considered there are still a number of  more recent adolescent trends that most people would still consider absolutely insane and worthy of the spanking of a lifetime. I’m not even counting as one of these trends the verbal harassment and humiliation of older lady school bus monitors until they cry and are eventually compensated hundreds of thousands of dollars by sympathetic well-wishers. Nor does the list include the “Salt and Ice” challenge which leaves participants with scars, lacerations and burns to the backside worthy of a Mel Gibson Passion of the Christ remake. The following list of sick twisted and stupid ideas is not theoretical but well documented (see web story below) as the various “things” that kids come up with to be cool, to fit in, to get high, or just to push the envelope of unhealthy reaches unheard of levels. Sort of like the weather. Hot enough for ya?? Smoking Smarties? WTF?

About captaincliff

Psychologist by day, insomniac Pirate blogger by night, this Child of God likes to share sarcastic social commentary as well as topsy-turvy observations about life, love and the pursuit of zaniness, a functional form of insanity in an increasingly insane world
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